The Automobile Accident Case: Taking Your Case to Trial (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $135 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 9/30/2016


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the August 2013 webcast, The Automobile Accident Case: Taking Your Case to Trial.

Topics covered include:

  • Filing Suit
    • General District Court vs. Circuit Court
    • Ad damnum
    • Allegations
  • Answering the Suit—Defense
    • Venue
    • Coverage
    • Tripartite relationship
  • Discovery
    • Cost-benefit analysis
    • Written discovery
    • Depositions
    • Experts and de bene esse depositions
    • Settlement attempts including ADR
  • Trial of the Case
    • Plaintiff case
    • Defense case
  • Post-Trial and Settlement
    • Releases and orders
    • Liens and outstanding balances

In 2011, there was a traffic accident every 4½ minutes in Virginia, resulting in 174 persons injured every day according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. There is little reason to expect 2013 and beyond to be appreciably better, with the number of licensed drivers and overall miles travelled always increasing. Many of the claims are handled amicably by insurance, but as every personal injury and insurance defense attorney knows, in a significant number of cases it is necessary to seek the assistance of knowledgeable lawyers.

This seminar serves as both a comprehensive overview and a refresher of Virginia law and practice regarding automobile litigation. Our experienced speakers will discuss every step of the process, highlighting laws, cases, procedures, and best practices to improve your results. Whether you are contemplating taking your first auto accident case or you are a seasoned practitioner wanting the most up-to-date information, this seminar is for you.


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Mark K. Cathey , Glenn Robinson & Cathey PLC / Roanoke

Mark Cathey is a litigator who represents individuals, corporations, insurance companies, and their insureds in cases involving general liability, products liability, personal injury, insurance coverage, and other matters. He has served as lead counsel in more than one hundred jury trials, and he has handled numerous appeals to the Supreme Court of Virginia. He is a past president of the Roanoke Bar Association (2008-09), past chair of the Roanoke Bar Foundation (2009-10) and currently a member of the Virginia State Bar Counsel, the governing body of the Virginia State Bar (2011-2013). Mr. Cathey is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, and The Virginia Bar Association. He is a Master of the Bench of the Ted Dalton Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and an Advocate-ranked member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He frequently speaks and writes on liability, insurance, and discovery issues.

Eric R. Finley , Rutter Mills LLP / Roanoke

Eric Finley is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was a member of the National Champion Mock Trial Team in 1990. After receiving his law degree from the College of William & Mary, he began his career as an advocate for the rights of injured individuals. He has almost twenty years of personal injury litigation experience, including 13 years with the Krasnow law firm in Roanoke, and 5 years running his own practice, the Finley Law Firm. Mr. Finley now serves as the lead attorney of the Roanoke office of Rutter Mills LLP, focusing on all areas of personal injury litigation. Over the years he has also been active in the community serving as a youth basketball coach and a tutor for the House for Troubled Youth in Roanoke.

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